My mentor has a box similar to these. I don't think it's a "Merrill" box.... He has some mobility issues and also uses it for a stool to sit on while inspecting brood boxes. His box is probably 18" tall (tall enough for him to sit on comfortably with knees bent naturally) and it has an open compartment beneath the closed box area. The pivot handle is a flat metal one that attaches to either side(like a bucket)
Simmonds, my mentor's box has no handle on top...handle might be a problem when sitting on it.
Ed, yes I can see how that could be a problem!
I am thinking of ditching the handle one I get some quality webbing for a carrying strap. Maybe I will attach a small piece as a handle as well then I could also use mine as a stool.